I have stayed in numerous hotels in Madrid—and in various locations around the city. But most recently, I booked a room at the NH Palacio de Tepa in the Las Letras district. Located near the enchanting Plaza Santa Ana, the hotel may be my new Madrid favorite. I loved the hotel’s style, panache, and comfortable vibe—and I loved the neighborhood it was located in almost as much.
While the NH collection is considered a chain (it has hotels worldwide) each of its properties has their own character, flair and price point. (Check out Tim Leffel’s review of three budget-friendly NH hotels in Madrid.)
The NH Palacio de Tepa is priced considerably higher than some of its other hotels, but I felt the quality, service and location matched up to warrant the higher cost.
There are 85 rooms in this beautifully renovated 18th century building—including some unique two-story suites—and all the rooms reflect the Spanish architectural element. They also all have hardwood floors and are done in neutrally elegant colors that somehow manage to convey a sense of warmth and coziness. My 5th story “superior” room featured sloping and wood beamed ceilings along with a skylight that gave it a nice sense of space and light. And when I peeked out the skylight, I could see the top of the ancient church across the way—almost as if the window had been built to frame it. With its King-sized bed (or twins), a throw for a an afternoon nap, the room was one of those that could work for a romantic retreat (unless your partner is a NCAA basketball player—the slanted ceiling could be a challenge), a girlfriend’s getaway, or a single like myself on a business trip who appreciates (and needs) a little pampered indulgence and warmth. (Desk clerks are friendly and all speak English, plus the hotel offers 24-hour room service.)
Upgraded amenities feature luxurious little touches for guests: Bulgari toiletries, bath salts for the tub, a Nespresso machine, china cups and saucers, an electric tea kettle, a complimentary bottle of water. Wi-fi is a little spotty but free, and all rooms have flat screen tvs, iPod speakers and classic marble bathrooms.
I did not have a chance to eat dinner at the restaurant, Estado Pruro—under the direction of the 2-star Michelin chef Paco Roncero. But I did splurge on the breakfast buffet served– a colorful array of fresh fruits, platters of pastries, eggs cooked to order (mine were perfectly poached, I might add) and much more.
For more information, check out the hotel’s website.
You can also compare rates and book online through Hotels.com.
Review and photos by Donna Tabbert Long